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Gaza and the God of Israel

When I think of the turmoil and tragedy between Israel and Gaza, one of the few ways I can keep calm and keep going is to trust that there is a supreme creator who oversees everything. This being is particularly interested in the safety of Israel. Without God, all the pain, war and increasingly intense upheaval throughout the world can become overwhelming or absurdly unreal. Trusting God to work through the worst situations and to honor promises he has made through Hebrew Scripture can make all the difference between staring numbly at the latest YouTube video or connecting with people and situations in meaningful ways. So what did He promise?

God promised to make Israel a great and blessed nation, which in turn blesses others (Genesis 12:1-3). Conversely, those who hate Israel will suffer the consequences. Israel's history supports this, even up to the present. Just a few days ago, one of the hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas hit a power source in Israel that was fueling Gaza. Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her, just like Passover and the Egyptian chariots, or Purim and Haman's gallows.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is quite a bit of talk about karma and other mystical concepts. In my own spiritual journey, I've come to believe that what some people call "karma" is really God's way of ensuring that justice is served, whether in the short or long term (Proverbs 26:27). And justice is critical to meaning in life.

God can be trusted to care for Israelis and Palestinians and anyone else worldwide, and there will be sense to it because He is watching over the situation. "He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep" (Psalm 121:4). But his promises go beyond Israel's safety, and even beyond justice. Through Israel's Messiah, God promises to love each of us regardless of what we have done wrong. His sacrificial death made it possible for us to receive divine forgiveness. Peace with God and with each other is an option for all who believe.

Are you open to this possibility? Have you explored it for yourself? True peace is promised for Israel, but it is also available to each of us through Israel's Keeper. To find out more, please go to our free How to Know God resource.

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-1 # Ruth Hartman 2014-08-09 06:03
The prophets say (summarized): "I will bring you back into the Land. THEN you will know that I am Adonai." Now is the time for them to recognize Him. May they have visions of Y'shua. May they grab their Tenach's and read of Adonai and come to know who He is. May they encounter believers who will speak to their questions. May God have mercy on Israel. Also, may God have mercy on the people of Gaza.
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+4 # valentin 2014-08-01 16:43
I have been keenly and prayerfully watching the unfolding of events in the Middle East and am indeed thankful for your article alluding to the sovereignty of Israel's Keeper! My prayer is that in prevailing circumstances people will get a deeper revelation of His 'fulness' and come to the knowledge of Him. Which brings me to the work that you do at JFJ....Thank you, thank you, thank you, for carrying and living the Gospel throughout the world!...where when the world is looking at much turmoil and unrest, you 'put a face' on Yeshua's Goodness and Love. Shalom!
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0 # Geezer 2014-08-01 09:01
9th of AV occurs next week. The Jewish people will need our prayers. Repent, Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.
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0 # i love israel. 2014-07-29 20:06
i luv jesus
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+1 # i love israel. 2014-07-29 20:04
We should pray for safety of israel the nation that god chosen thru Abraham
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+1 # Heidi H. Handley 2014-07-27 08:52
I think there should be a movement in this country with marches stating we stand with Israel and the Christians in Mosul especially with the news just covering the marches in Paris.

I am a Christian but recently found out I am 6 percent Jewish through Ancestry and Family Tree DNA so as I see it, I am twice blessed.

It bothers me that there seems to be an attitude that what happens in the Middle East does not bother us. We need to stand together.

Heidi Haines Handley
P.s. My Grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister who for years was a supporter of Jews for Jesus.
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0 # Geezer 2014-07-26 22:17
The world hates the Jewish people and it is only going to get a whole lot worst. Pray for their salvation everyday. Repent, Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.
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-2 # Cindy Rullman 2014-07-26 07:20
God bless and protect Israel and the ones who are innocent in Palestine, as well as all of the pets, livestock, and wildlife who are also victims of the conflict.
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0 # Andy Dulik 2014-07-21 16:14
I would like to offer up a prayer that God continues to protect Israel, and that the Lord protects the Jews for Jesus workers in Israel , that through their spreading of His Word, they bring many to Christ, that they may find His peace and Salvation in midst of this recent conflict. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
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0 # Stefan Nagiel 2014-07-19 16:06
To understand God you have to understand Jesus Christ....for they are one....and God wants a relationship with every single one of us.....and will hold no preference over our religious understand why God chose a race of people so to keep them from the other sinners is written in the Scriptures....yet what is not written is how you has that race interpret those Scriptures.....for he will only show the ones who believe in Jesus Christ....and the Soul is where he looks....
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0 # Joy 2014-07-19 04:44
I just dont understand why gaza and palestine keep bombing each others country. Dont you people have a heart ?cant you see specially your innocent children being affected? Why cant you make peace talks, arrange misunderstangs in a more civilized way???we are all the children of our GREAT GOD and we must show that we deserve to be called one...
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+1 # Doina Humbel 2014-09-21 12:29
You are right!
But......the jews do the same thing.
Jesus said:"If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also....."
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